Major marina fit-out contract awarded for new Dover Marina
The Port of Dover has awarded a major contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover's new marina as part of the flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.
With a value of £2.7million, the contract will begin in early 2019, and include the design and construction of the pontoons, access bridges for the 250-berth marina, fuel tanks and pumps for the fuel berth and pontoons and an access bridge for the new boatyard.
Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “The appointment of Solent Marine Ltd represents another significant landmark for the Port and its customers.
“Whilst the exact date for opening of the new facilities has not yet been determined, it is likely to be in late 2019 and a comprehensive transition plan will be put in place leading up to the opening of the new facilities.”
Marc Simmonds, Managing Director of Solent Marine Ltd, said: “The Dover Western Docks Revival contract is a very prestigious project and turns full circle as my father Victor Simmonds installed pontoons at Dover dating back to the late 80’s.
“This was a project I wanted to win and we look forward to this being built in our new manufacturing facility on Hayling Island.”
The existing 160 berth Wellington Dock will now become a 24-hr facility accessible through a new navigable channel from the new marina into the dock and will be served by a lock providing a minimum of 2.5m deep access at low tide.
Chris Windsor, Marina Manager at the Port of Dover, said: “Relocated within the outer harbour and anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019, the new marina development will include finger berths for vessels up to 18m, fuel berth facilities, and a new boatyard and boat hoist.
“The range of services that will be provided will include Wi-Fi, potable water, LED lighting and electrical power to all leisure berths.
“The design of the new marina will be compliant with The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) design standards; set within the harbour and bordered by a new 550m long Marina Pier, and adjacent to the new 750m Marina Curve development area designed to host a waterfront retail and leisure experience.”
DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover and this new 250-berth marina will form a key part of the redevelopment and serve as a catalyst for further regeneration.
Notes to editors
Port of Dover
The Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area. With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:
- Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
- Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic;
- A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover's unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle; and
- Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.
DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover with c.£250m committed to deliver the first phase.
DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award - the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.
Solent Marine Ltd
Solent marine is the only manufacturer to build all their own pontoons, access bridges and walkways in house at their brand new facility at Hayling Island. Solent Marine’s pontoons grace many of the finest marinas, harbours and waterfronts of the UK and Europe. Solent are renowned for providing customers with world class solutions which are well engineered, delivered and installed on time and within budget.
Since 1991 they have developed the engineering and design capacity to handle any project and as one of the only manufacturers to still build our products in house we are in complete control of quality and delivery. The team at Solent Marine have the experience and enthusiasm to provide customers with robust, aesthetically pleasing and technically advanced pontoon systems, continuing to lead the industry with innovations in design.
Posted on 16/08/2018